The Barber of Seville is heading to Toowoomba and will be showcasing some homegrown talent on Wednesday, August 24. Thirty Toowoomba locals, who were selected after a gruelling audition process at the beginning of this year, will be part of a newly trained chorus. For the last six weeks the locals have been participating in professional singing, dancing, stagecraft and Italian language lessons, in preparation for the acclaimed, sell-out show.
Theatre goers have been laughing out loud at Opera Queensland’s production of The Barber of Seville, which has just ended an impressive run in Brisbane – full of packed audiences, standing ovations and complimentary critical reception.
The Toowoomba representatives will take to the stage alongside principal artists from Opera Queensland and a Queensland Symphony Orchestra ensemble – which will be an incredible experience for all those involved and for those lucky enough to get their hands on some tickets.
Lindy Hume, OperaQ Artistic Director, said “It’s the ideal opera for first timers and seasoned opera goers, and I think our chorus members are going to love the experience of singing Rossini’s effervescent music and learning to dance the fandango”. The fact that The Barber of Seville has celebrated its’ 200th birthday this year is not slowing it down, if anything the production is just becoming more innovative and exciting.”
Most people would think that under the direction of Lindy Hume, the baton of Roland Peelman and the influence of Tracy Grant Lord, set and costume designer, the radical and cartoonish production does enough to stay fresh; but, OperaQ doesn’t stop at lush, seductive costumes and mysterious, dramatic backdrops of endless doors. “The addition of a new chorus in every Queensland city we visit adds even more fun to this production and our artists love working with so many passionate people who have never been in a professional, fully-staged production before.”
Words by Raashi Agarwal
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